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Cars

February 26th, 2018

In the years following the Second World War there was a sudden surge in the number of aircraft manufacturer shifting to car (especially microcar) production. The Inter 175A Berline was one such car, similar in spirit to its better known competitors like the BMW Isetta and the Messerschmitt KR200, but unlike those cars, it was designed and built entirely in Italy – having been designed by les Ateliers Electromagnetiques de la Seine and produced by aircraft manufacturer Ste. Nationale de Construction Aeronautique du Nord (S.N.C.A.N).

First shown at the 1953 Paris Auto Salon, the Inter 175A Berline was powered by a single cylinder two stroke 175 cc Ydral engine mounted at the back producing 8 bhp. This powered the lone rear wheel via a 3 speed manual. A few styling quirks of the heavily aircraft inspired design included an openable canopy in place of doors, folding front wheels to reduce the width of the vehicle, a single headlamp and a tapered rear end. This theme was carried over on the inside as well with tandem seating, a helicopter style starter and a handlebar steering.

This particular turquoise green Inter 175A Berline from the Bruce Weiner Microcar Collection is one of only 300 built between 1953 and 1956 and one of just 30 thought to still exist. It has been restored to concours condition and will be up on the blocks at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction.

Photos Courtesy- RM Sotheby’s

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